30 Jul 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUL (NAMPA) The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) on Tuesday released the first national Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Baseline Report, aimed towards efforts enhancing an evidence-based policy planning process.
The report serves as an indicator framework and portal towards enhancing and improving planning as well as ensuring streamlined and harmonised monitoring of the implementation of the SDGs in Namibia and the Fifth National Plan (NDP5).
Speaking at the launch in the capital, NSA Statistician General (SG) and Chief Executive Officer, Alex Shimuafeni said the report will serve as a reference on how Namibia is monitoring the SDGs and the progress towards the achievement of the targets until 2030.
He said Namibia joined the international community in the call for action and recognises that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs through reliable knowledge on the state of the country.
I am proud to inform the nation that in general, substantial data speaking to the SDGs indicators is produced in Namibia. It can be concluded that the quality of the information to serve as input for a continuous and consistent monitoring system is still limited, he noted.
The SG further noted that localising of data is remarkably high in Namibia as around 50 per cent of the national sources provide updated values compared to those stemming from international sources.
At the same occasion, United Nations Development Programme Country Representative, Alka Bhatia said targets and associated indicators are the backbone of monitoring the SDGs and not only a tool to help countries to develop implementation strategies.
She noted that the report is an important step in identifying where there are still gaps in data and guide relevant agencies in the correct direction of collecting data to map some important indicators.
SDGs are an inclusive agenda that aims to tackle the root causes of poverty. Therefore, Namibias efforts in achieving these goals through ensuring availability of credible, timely and strengthened data is commendable, she said.